Saturday, February 13, 2016

Reflections from #METC16: It's All About the Kids!

This past week I had the great honor of being a part of the MidWest Education Technology Community at METC16.  

The overall message from all of the keynote speakers was about the kids. Specifically, how are we EMPOWERING not just engaging kids.  

METC16 didn't give this lip service but put it into practice by having students conduct interviews (not adults who get paid), run technology help desks, check on & work with presenters to ensure their technology worked properly, and so much more! STUDENTS were not only talked about they were SEEN, HEARD, and VALUED.  

You can see interviews conducted by students at Pattonville High School HERE and Ritenour High School HERE.  They did an amazing job!

Besides the kids, the other big highlight for me was getting to meet so many people that I am friends with on Twitter, getting selfies with people I have been fangirling from afar, and meeting and making new friends.  

Wednesday's Opening Keynote Speaker, Rafranz Davis, can be seen HERE starting at the 1:27 mark. Perhaps one of the things that stuck with me the most from her Keynote was that Youtube can teach our kids ANYTHING so what are we doing as educators to make coming to school invaluable to kids who can learn not only without us but IN SPITE of us.

Rafranz Davis: Keynote Speaker & Disruptor of Ridiculousness

I also had a surreal experience Tuesday evening at the BrightBytes reception of literally sitting at the feet of Rafranz Davis along with Laura Gilchrist, Kristen Swanson, Linda Dougherty, & more! I had to keep pinching myself to be sure I wasn't just dreaming this incredible organic conversation.

I can also never do enough to thank Linda Dougherty for helping me out with my presentations and driving us to the METC MeetUp.  I have always loved Linda just because she is so awesome and shares her great ideas so that we can learn from her.  Linda helped me figure out just how I wanted to approach genrefiying the nonfiction portion of our library....with a focus on careers! I never would have thought of that on my own! Thank you, Linda, from the bottom of my heart! I really would not have made it at METC without you.

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